Roger

Mario Jose de Lima mjlima at SPAMuol.com.br
Sun Dec 12 12:41:33 MST 1999



...Then I will drink a toast to the working class...


-----Mensagem Original-----
De: Doyle Saylor <djsaylor at primenet.com>
Para: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Enviada em: Domingo, 12 de Dezembro de 1999 17:33
Assunto: Roger


> Greetings Comrades,
>     My friend, Roger, committed suicide on Friday.  I wanted to write
> something about him someplace.  He lived in Canada.  I live in the U.S.
He
> was a blind man.  He was working class.
>
>     A few days ago we talked to him.  We knew he was feeling pretty down.
> So we told him, my wife and I that we loved him.  We wanted him around.
He
> sounded better.
>
>     Besides his job with the phone company, he would do some singing on
the
> side.  One of my good memories is him, being much younger than me,
teaching
> me how to sing "I love Lucy".  I grew up hearing that tune.  Amazing how
an
> old tv show can have meaning just because it was in my youth.  Roger was
> young enough to be my son.
>
>     Roger was angry about things.  Get this, once on the job, his boss who
> was harassing him to get him to quit, well Roger punched him.  Oh the joy
of
> that image, a blind man daring to punch a sighted guy who was out to get
> him.  They couldn't fire him, because it was so fucking ambiguous being
> punched by a blind guy.  Anyway, I always thought was cool Roger.  They
> forced him out anyway.  He was out of work two years, and fought back into
a
> job which he was still doing when he died.
>
>     On Thursday (the day before he died) he sang with his friend, Jane.
She
> is a quadraplegic.  She was famous of sorts as a folk singer years ago,
but
> kept getting paralytic attacks that would impede her career.  So I am
> thinking about the last thing he did was sing with Jane when she was
making
> yet another attempt at a comeback though severely disabled now.  Sometimes
> Jane would treat Roger a little distantly, but Roger stuck it out with
her.
> Anyway his last thing was to sing with her.  Her life has been pretty
hard,
> and so was his.
>
>     He was a good friend.  He was a disabled working class guy that got
the
> shit end of the stick, but had the heart and soul of an artist.  He can't
> hear this, but today I'm going to sing "I love Lucy" in his honor at an
> Irish bar a few blocks from here.  Then I will drink a toast to the
working
> class, to all the injustices that need righting, and to a process of all
of
> us rebuilding the movement.  For all people.
> in sadness,
> Doyle Saylor
>










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